BANJUL Gambian President Adama Barrow replaced the heads of the army and the prisons method, each regarded as pillars of his predecessor’s repressive govt, officials said on Monday.
The moves ended up the most current in a collection of staff alterations by Barrow, who is seeking to assert his regulate adhering to the stop of Yahya Jammeh’s 22-12 months rule. Jammeh fled into exile very last month soon after refusing to take his election defeat.
Jammeh was himself an army officer, seizing electric power in a coup in 1994, and he leaned greatly on the military to bolster his grip on the place, which is a popular desired destination with European travellers.
Basic Ousman Badjie, the defense main of staff members, was taken out along with 10 other senior officers, like the directors of operations and intelligence, army spokesman Lieutenant Kemo Kanuteh said.
Badjie’s loyalty appeared to vacillate involving Jammeh and Barrow in the wake of the Dec. one election.
He finally publicly acknowledged Barrow as commander-in-main very last month as a regional intervention force shut in on the funds Banjul to get rid of Jammeh, stating he would welcome the force “with flowers and make them a cup of tea”.
Badjie will be replaced by Barrow’s military advisor Massaneh Kinteh, who was also a defense main of staff members less than Jammeh.
About 20 army officers, like those suspected of involvement in a unsuccessful 2014 coup from Jammeh, ended up also reinstated, Kanuteh said.
The presidency said Barrow also taken out David Colley, the director of the prison method, exactly where human rights groups say Jammeh’s perceived opponents ended up tortured and in some conditions died.
Yet another previous prisons director was arrested very last month. And Jammeh’s head of the Nationwide Intelligence Agency and other quite a few others ended up billed with the murder of an opposition youth leader very last 7 days.
(Reporting by Pap Saine and Lamin Jahateh, Crafting by Joe Bavier, Modifying by Angus MacSwan)